Daily Briefs

Sanitation district slams San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury

The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District board fired back a response saying that the Grand Jury’s allegations of mismanagement at the district “were largely inaccurate,” which was posted on the Grand Jury website on Wednesday. The South County... (Continue reading)

Advocates for the disabled file lawsuit against California

Advocates for Californians with developmental disabilities filed a lawsuit against the State of California Wednesday alleging the State is violating federal law by failing to adequately fund services needed by individuals with developmental disabilities. The suit claims the State has... (Continue reading)

Judge rejects guilty plea of man accused of killing his mother

Christopher Shumey, accused of killing his mother and shooting at police officers, appeared before San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Michael Duffy Tuesday morning and, against the wishes of his attorney, said he would like to plead guilty to... (Continue reading)

California’s worsening financial condition

Nearly nine in ten Californians, say the state is in bad economic times and don’t see things improving any time soon, according to a September 27 Field Poll. Half of California voters believe their financial condition is worse than last... (Continue reading)

Guns fired, pair arrested

Two Arroyo Grande men were arrested Sunday after sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of gunshots being fired at Lake Lopez. After deputies arrived at the scene, they found Michael Lynn Anthony Hardisty, 20, and James Ryan Johnson, 18, and... (Continue reading)

Memorial service set for Pastor Doug

Family and friends are organizing a public memorial service to honor a local man who lived longer with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) than anyone else in the entire country. Doug Carroll, 54, of San Luis Obispo, known to many... (Continue reading)

Local newspapers? Humbug, says America

Local newspapers don’t earn much respect from a majority of Americans, a new Pew Research Center survey reveals. Most of the 2,000 people interviewed for the survey said they wouldn’t miss their local paper if it disappeared.  They also said... (Continue reading)

Growing concerns over Nipomo groundwater levels

Nipomo’s groundwater basin remains at “potentially severe” water levels which could result in salt water intrusion, according to a recently released report. [SantaMariaTimes] Following the wet spring of 2010, the Nipomo Mesa Groundwater Basin rebounded slightly following three years of... (Continue reading)

Grocery union members approve new contract

Workers at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons grocery stores ratify a new contract, bringing an end to labor negotiations that dragged on for more than eight months and brought tens of thousands of workers to the verge of a strike. [LATimes]... (Continue reading)

Little zoo with a big master plan

Atascadero’s Charles Paddock Zoo unveiled Ruscan the red panda to the public on Saturday. The panda arrived at the zoo 16 months ago, but money problems have kept him out of the public eye. The two-year-old panda will be living in... (Continue reading)